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Andrea's Reviews

Andrea's favorite reads are tragic love stories, gruesome murder mysteries, and clever fantasies. She judges books by their covers more frequently than she should. She spends her Bookshop days shelving new hardcover releases, science fiction/fantasy, and IndieBound picks and bestsellers. Her favorite kinds of book questions are the ones that begin, "I don't remember the title and I don't remember the author, but it's got a blue cover..." When she's not at Bookshop, Andrea can be found participating in competitive trivia downtown, completing logic puzzles in the sunshine, or forcibly cuddling cats. She is a firm believer in the Oxford comma.

 

Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything by Randy Cohen

I'm a relative newcomer to the NYT Ethicist - I started reading when Chuck Klosterman had already taken over - but Randy Cohen is the OG arbiter of right and wrong, and his philosophy is compiled in this thought-provoking volume of answers to your ethical dilemmas.

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By Randy Cohen, Dave Hopkins (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452107905
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Chronicle Books - August 22nd, 2012

Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting by Philip Hensher

Confession: I am obsessed and fascinated with handwriting, calligraphy, and graphology. I refuse to believe that (even as you read these typed words) handwriting is a dying art, when it has such an interesting history and important role in literature. Philip Hensher takes us through the history and evolution of this essential and interesting art.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The moment I began reading this novel, I knew I would love it through the very last page. If you enjoy books, bookstores, secret societies, coded ledgers and typeface as much as I do, you will adore this story of a San Francisco programmer-turned-bookseller-turned-codebreaker. Clay’s curiosity leads him to Google HQ and NYC to unravel the truth behind his mysterious employer.

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Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller & Sebastien Rouxel

Keller (The French Laundry) is the only American to be awarded simultaneous three-star Michelin ratings. Sebastien Rouxel is his executive pastry chef at his bistro, Bouchon. So you can bet that this book is filled with extravagant recipes and dazzling photographs of their ingenious efforts to redefine the world of baking. There are French classics like baguettes, macarons, and mille-feuilles, as well as Keller’s pioneering takes on Oreos and Hostess Ho Hos. This is not a book for the casual baker: Bouchon’s style is all about uniformity and perfection.
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$60.00
ISBN: 9781579654351
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Artisan - October 23rd, 2012

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Eccentric old customers, books in code, secret societies, and clandestine trips to Google’s headquarters—these are things that Clay never expected before he stepped foot into Mr. Penumbra’s bookstore. When he loses his job as a web designer for a bagel company and becomes a bookseller in a dusty old building in San Francisco, he is tasked with keeping a log of the customers’ unpredictable visits: “You must keep precise records of all purchases. Time. Amount. The customer’s appearance. His state of mind. How he asks for the book. How he receives it. Does he appear to be injured. Is he wearing a sprig of rosemary on his hat. And so on.” A curious peek into one of these books leads Clay on an exciting cross-country quest to solve Mr. Penumbra’s puzzle.
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I found and loved this book last winter, and as soon as the temperature drops I know I’ll want to read it again and again. It’s a gorgeous retelling of that classic fairy tale in which a childless woodcutter and his wife make a girl out of snow who miraculously comes to life overnight. Ivey’s incredible gift for storytelling breathes new life both into the characters and into her fittingly chosen backdrop of the 1920s Alaskan wilderness. The line between reality and magic gives this lovely novel a sense of the fantastic while making every moment believable enough to make your heart ache.
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2012

Ready for Dessert by David Leibovitz

Lebovitz, who was the pastry chef at Chez Panisse for 12 years before relocating to Paris, has more experience making mind-blowing desserts than I can ever hope to have. His friendly, humorous writing makes any of his favorite recipes seem doable, and the names alone are mouthwatering: Black Currant Tea Crème Brûlée, Fresh Ginger Cake, and Anise-Orange Ice Cream Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce. If you read his blog, you’ll know that he goes for a laid-back approach and favors taste over fussy presentation. Sounds good to me!
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Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes [A Baking Book] Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781607743651
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 18th, 2012

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten

When I grow up, I want to be Ina Garten. I want her confidence, her elegance, and her knack for making everything from lobster bisque to roast beef sandwiches look absolutely effortless. (And the house in the Hamptons would be nice, too.) Ina’s newest book, Foolproof, covers everything from menu planning to prepping in advance, and the recipes range from Elegant Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise to Salted Caramel Brownies. This is a great resource for any host wanting to make an impression on their guests this holiday season.
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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307464873
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 30th, 2012

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